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High school senior eager to play baseball after proton and chemo treatments

Aaron Miranda, a 17-year-old senior at Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, California
The outfielder is speeding across the grass, intently tracking the white ball’s trajectory against the brilliant blue sky. Running. Running. Left arm extended. Rotating his glove for a back-handed catch. Reaching to where he anticipates the ball will be. The thwack of the ball in his leather baseball glove brings elation. He ends his run in a satisfied trot, pivots and tosses the ball to the second baseman. Aaron Miranda smiles from the shaded dugout at his teammate. He’s been playing baseball for only about four years. He’s nowhere as skilled as his buddies who’ve been playing since first grade. But he loves the game. He does. And he so misses the exhilaration of catching a baseball on the run. “I can’t wait to do that. I can’t wait to play ball again,” he... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Proton therapy for children with tumors near the brainstem

According to a new study, proton therapy can be used safely and effectively to treat pediatric sarcomas and brain tumors adjacent to the brainstem. The study’s findings were presented in October 2013 at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 55th annual meeting, held in Atlanta (GA, USA), by lead researcher Daniel J. Indelicato, MD, associate professor at the University of Florida, in the department of radiation oncology. The study describes the findings of 313 children who received a high radiation dose to the area around the brainstem, and is the largest of this type ever... Full article

WEB REVIEW — More kids treated with proton therapy

According to a study released by the Pediatric Proton Foundation (PPF) and the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT), the number of children with brain and spinal cancers treated with proton therapy in the U.S. has risen 33% since 2010. 465 pediatric patients were treated with proton therapy in 2010 and 613 in 2011. In 2012, they were 694, 57% of them being less than 10 years old, with a curable brain tumor or axial sarcoma, the survey reports. "Parents need to understand that proton therapy offers distinct advantages for their child's treatment over traditional radiation,"... Full article

WEB REVIEW – Fund for little girl battling cancer

Maddie Hems
Maddie Hems was just eight years old when she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in April last year. Her family has launched Maddie’s Fighting Fund to raise money to help her battle this rare form of bone cancer. Maddie had been suffering from pain down her left arm when doctors discovered an inoperable fist-sized tumor underneath her collarbone. Her dad said : “When we got confirmation from the doctor, I knew it... Full article

Web review – Leading physicians join the Scripps proton therapy center

Two highly regarded radiation oncologists, Ryan Grover, M.D., and Huan Giap, M.D., Ph.D., have joined the medical staff at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center, expected to open for patient care in late summer 2013. Dr. Grover joins Scripps Clinic as chief of head and neck, central nervous system, sarcoma and gynecologic proton beam therapy. In his new role, he will be responsible for patient consultations, treatment planning and treatment management. Previously, Dr. Grover was chief of head and neck radiation oncology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif., where he... Full article

Cancer girl home safe and well from Proton Therapy treatment in the US

A schoolgirl diagnosed with a rare form of cancer is just days away from hopefully being given the all-clear after receiving revolutionary proton therapy treatment in the US. Niamh Yates was diagnosed with an undifferentiated sarcoma on the base of her spine earlier this year, and the extremely rare form of cancer caused the brave youngster severe back pain and mobility problems. Niamh, who attends Ross High School, had to endure seven hours of surgery to prevent permanent paralysis, gruelling physiotherapy and six cycles of chemotherapy as she battled the killer disease. The... Full article